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Paint Pouring on Pebbles

By: The Kathryn Wheel
July 12, 2018

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Paint Pouring on Pebbles
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Until I actually had a go at paint pouring myself, it seemed like some kind of unobtainable mystical art which wielded beautiful, decorative results. I soon realized however that paint pouring is accessible to everyone and creates the most unexpected, colourful finish, and what’s more, you can pour paint on a lot more than a simple canvas! I absolutely love the unexpected results you get, and the patterns created can be dazzling!

Recently I have been painting pebbles again. It’s something I used to do years ago but there has been a craze recently of painting and hiding pebbles for others to find which has rekindled my interest. Naturally, I wanted to see if I could pour paint on pebbles, and why not?!

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titanium White
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Pouring Medium 8oz - Pouring Medium
  • DecoArt Clear Pouring Topcoat 8oz - Clear Pouring Topcoat
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • Smooth pebbles
  • Andy Skinner's (Stampendous) Textures stamps
  • Juck for stamping
  • Archival Inkpad
  • Fine-tipped white paint pen
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil and small sponge


Prepare the pebbles by washing well in warm soapy water and then coating all over with a layer of white gesso. Allow to dry.

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Mix the Fluid Acrylics with the Pouring Medium in disposable cups or old lids. When using Fluids Acrylics the ratio is 2 parts paint to one part medium. Stir each colour well, and then tip all colours into another pot slowly so that the colours don’t mix too much.

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Keep the paint-pot upright, hold the pebble over the top, and then flip upside down so that the paint runs all over the pebble. I did this over a craft mat and also on a piece of kitchen roll to catch any excess paint. Allow to dry completely.

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Once dry, tip a layer of top coat over the entire pebble. This is a magical step which adds a beautiful glass-like finish but also ensures that the colours stay vibrant. Allow this to dry.

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Now onto the second pebble. I used the same three colours but this time I added a small amount of Titanium White to the Quinacridone Red so that it became more of a pink. I then poured paint over in exactly the same way as the first pebble.

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Once the paint dries it is perfectly possible to stamp on a pebble. I use the stamps unmounted with an Archival ink. It is important to use an Archival ink so that it doesn’t run when the top coat is added. I added a little coloured texture stamping, and then also some stamping in black.

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It is also possible to add a bit of stenciling to a pebble. I mixed the same three colours with a little Titanium White to make them opaque and then sponged through a stencil in a few random areas. I also added some polka dots by finger painting with the Quinacridone Red mixed with a little white.

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I wondered if it was possible to doodle in a white paint pen on a pebble, and also if the doodling would run when the TopCoat was added. I discovered that doodling on a pebble is perfectly possible! I also added a typed quote with Gel Medium.

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Before adding the final top coat I wanted to add a bit of Metallic Gold for a bit of bling! I did a bit of junk stamping using small bottle lids and the edges of old credit cards. Finally, I poured the Clear Pouring TopCoat allowing it to run down and cover the whole pebble.

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Now that the pebbles are dry they have a beautiful glass-like finish, and you would hardly know that they were once a pebble! Now I have to decide whether I want to part with them and leave them in a secret location for someone else to find or keep them for myself!

*The TopCoat is not rated for exterior use, so hide your masterpiece somewhere with suffient coverage. 

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Gorgeous rock art Kate, I wish I could find one of yours! Like you I used to do it years ago and when I heard about the current craze we spent an evening doing it with our Guide unit and then they went out and hid them. I've not tried paint pouring on them though so will have to give that a go. Thanks for the inspiration. Stef x

July 12, 2018

These are magical, Kate!

Julie S

July 13, 2018

Fabulous, they look so vibrant! Great tutorial thanks for the inspiration. Now to find some rocks!

Karen Bearse

July 14, 2018

These are fabulous!!!!!!!!!!

Wanda Hentges

July 14, 2018

what a great project! I might just have to make it a part of an art camp line-up with my 6th graders!


July 16, 2018

These are beautiful!


July 16, 2018

Beautiful rocks! I want to try this project.

Debbie Mock

July 8, 2019

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